Construction projects by Israeli companies in Uganda lay idle this week as President Amin ordered most of the country's Israeli community out of the country.
GV's & CU's Buildings under construction (3 shots)
CU & MV PAN Signs of Ugandan Israeli companies (2 shots)
CU & GV PAN TO LV Sign on building site (2 shots)
GV & GV PAN Idle equipment at site (3 shots)
MV Dismissed labourers
LV PAN Buildings under construction and tower crane idle in background
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Background: Construction projects by Israeli companies in Uganda lay idle this week as President Amin ordered most of the country's Israeli community out of the country. It was reported that about 800 Israelis living in Uganda were affected by the series of expulsions--including the entire staff of the Israeli Embassy, which President Amin has ordered closed, military training instructors, businessmen, and tourists.
President Amin gave several reasons for the expulsions--the Embassy staff and tourists, he said, were engaged in "espionage". Israel had allegedly sold unreliable second-hand aircraft to Uganda, and contractors engaged in building projects were charging "exorbitant" sums for their work. He also expressed fears that Israelis might sab???tage buildings they were constructing.
SYNOPSIS: Uganda...and building sites lie idle as President Amin ordered the expulsion of Israeli contractors. The expelled contractors were among the 800 Israelis ordered to leave Uganda...among them the entire staff of the Israeli Embassy, which had been ordered closed; military training instructors; businessmen; and tourists. President Amin has told all Israeli companies to halt operations immediately....and in a radio broadcast accused them of charging "exorbitant" sums for the work involved. Among projects affected are a new Uganda Bank building, a pre-fabricated housing estate, and buildings throughout the country. PAUSE THREE SECONDS. Meanwhile, as dismissed Ugandan labourers gathered idly at the sites, President Amin expressed fears that the contractors might sabotage the buildings. He also accused the Embassy staff and tourists of engaging in "espionage", and said the Israeli Government had sold Uganda some unreliable second-hand aircraft. In addition, the fact that all Israelis were required to undergo military service in Israel meant that there was an "army" of 800 Israelis in Uganda. This he could not allow, he said.